If you’re undergoing a kitchen remodel, almost without exception, your cabinets should be replaced. They’re one of the most used items in the home and one that many commercial builders of the 1990s building boom skimped on to save money. Your cabinets have both visual impact on your kitchen and a functional purpose, so choosing quality products makes sense.
Types of Kitchen Remodeling
Kitchen remodeling falls into a few categories, each with different budgets and timelines. Here are the options from least expensive to most expensive:
- Surface remodel. A surface remodel just changes the surfaces you can see. This may include flooring, countertops and cabinet refacing. Nothing changes related to design, layout or function.
- Kitchen update. When you update your kitchen, you modernize and update to today’s features, functions and styles. You don’t move appliances or reconfigure. The floorplan remains basically the same.
- Total remodel. As the most expensive option, it’s also the most extensive. Your remodeling company will gut the space and reconfigure it to meet your needs.
Advantages of New Cabinets
If you’re on the fence about replacing your cabinets, take a look at the ones you have. Are the shelves sagging? Do the doors and drawers still close properly? Could they be repainted or re-faced and work with the new style you’re going for? When you choose to replace your cabinets, you get all the features of modern construction including soft closures, drawer organizers, pull-out shelving and deeper upper cabinets.
Those modern features can create more storage even if you don’t reconfigure your kitchen space. Plus, you can customize them for your needs. You’ll also appreciate the more durable features in semi-custom cabinets over the stock cabinets likely in your home today.
Features Found in Quality Cabinets
Not all kitchen remodeling companies use quality cabinets. Your cabinets are used every day and subjected to significant wear and tear. You want them to be attractive and last for years. If you’re looking at cabinets in a showroom, check for soft closures on both the drawers and cabinet doors. Drawers should extend open completely and have dovetail construction. Cabinet shelving should be made of real wood, not particle board. For the investment you are making in a kitchen remodel, you should insist on quality cabinets.
Once you’ve chosen the cabinets, don’t forget the finishing touches! Knobs and drawer pulls can pull the kitchen together, highlight your cabinets or even add a little fun to the space. Don’t attempt to reuse your old cabinets; they’ll look dated and you’re limited to that configuration until you replace them.
Let’s Discuss Your Kitchen
G.M. Roth Design Remodeling can help you with any kitchen remodeling project. From basic updating to complete redesign, our design/build team can work within your budget to find a style you love. Call us today at (603) 880-3761 or schedule your free consultation in Lowell, MA, and the surrounding areas, including southern New Hampshire.